Simplicant blog

How to Simplify Working With External Recruitment Agency Partners

As a growing business, you may have already worked with certain recruitment agency partners in bringing new talent on board. When you partner with agencies to help onboard new employees, you are looking to leverage their expertise, screening skills as well as networks to sample a wider pool of both active and passive applicants. In addition, you may have relationships with certain recruiting agencies or external recruiters where you prefer to have them work with you as full-time or part-time consultants, instead of hiring them as permanent staff in your HR organization. In all such cases, you want the flexibility and a robust Read more

7 Things that Really Matter on a Great Careers Page

Does your company’s careers page have what it takes? Is it both attractive and efficient? Or are you turning off potential job applicants with a clunky design and process? The importance of a great careers page cannot be overlooked. It’s the first interaction a potential candidate has with your company and its internal administration. A positive candidate user-experience adds to your reputation, while a negative one may stop the candidate from completing the application process. In fact, you are quite likely to turn away some of the best talent with a poorly designed careers page. Here are 7 things you Read more

Candidate Rejection Emails: How To Get Them Right

Taking the time to compose and send rejection emails to job candidates is a sound business practice for hiring managers. A timely, personalized letter allows you to extend professional courtesy while building goodwill and vetting candidates for future positions. Establishing this as an integral part of the hiring process can actually make future hiring easier and more efficient by keeping qualified candidates in the loop while discouraging re-application from unqualified job seekers. A Matter of Respect Although no one likes rejection, the uncertainty of not knowing if you got the job is much worse. Good candidate communication is critical. By Read more

Candidate Sourcing Tips: 10 Ways To Find Top Talent

Hiring and retaining top talent is as tough as it’s always been. Cultivating a company culture that attracts top talent is a practice the top 10 percent of US companies have in common and certainly one of the top candidate sourcing tips to keep in mind. Consider Southwest Airlines, which has recently received more than 50,000 applications for 500 available positions. Unfortunately, small businesses do not have much luck with traditional recruiting, thus they are required to use other recruitment means, such as trusted networks or job boards. Finding top talent can be a simple recruiting process as long as you Read more

Calendar Sub-Events To Schedule Interview Slots

A few weeks ago, we introduced our calendar feature which enabled our customers to create and schedule recruitment-related activities, such as candidate interviews. Today, I’m happy to announce our new sub-events feature. The sub-events feature enables you to create multiple events – or what we call ‘sub-events’ – for the same candidate in one go. Say you have a candidate who is needs to be interviewed separately by three people at different times. Previously, this would have required a recruiter or HR staff member to create three separate events for each interview slot, and there is no way of grouping Read more

Efficient Hiring Process: The Key to Recruiting Success

There is no doubt that when it comes to making tough hiring decisions, you don’t want to skimp on the due diligence process. However, taking all the time in the world to find a good fit does not always lead to a very efficient hiring process. Keep in mind that the great candidates you may have short-listed will not wait around for you if a better opportunity came their way. Let’s take a look at some of the common characteristics that contribute to an efficient hiring process. Well-written Job Description A common shortcoming of most job descriptions is that they Read more

Candidate Evaluation Scorecards for Better Hiring Decisions

Keeping track of all the details for each candidate could easily take up a lot of time. It is harder to manage when the information you need for decision making is scattered over various systems and you do not use any form of candidate evaluation scorecards. Perhaps the biggest challenge lies in effectively screening and categorizing job hopefuls in order to determine which are the most promising potential employees. Going through multiple interviews on a daily basis could make it difficult to separate similarly qualified individuals. Notes taken by interviewers can be helpful but an unstructured process with a lot of unstructured data to process Read more

7 Ways Organizational Culture Affects Hiring

Organizational culture is often described as the glue that holds a company and its employees together. It is the magic that provides the motivation to employees to find ways to overcome challenges and get things done. How does organizational culture affect the process of hiring in a company? Can paying attention to organizational culture affect the quality of your hiring process? How can a company use its culture to improve hiring outcomes? During the hiring process, resumes and cover letters may pile up and a company may effectively screen through many candidates using established selection criteria. However, in many cases Read more

Does Your Hiring Culture Fit Your Company Strategy?

When you are looking for new talent, how does your company’s hiring culture influence your recruiting process?  There are several qualities that are traditionally given more importance than others. Some of these include good time management, solid work history, being a team player and showing an overall strong resume. However, with recruiting trends undergoing major changes over the last few years, there is a whole new set of critical qualities that are now considered equally important, regardless of which industry you belong to. Along with these trends, the way in which hiring teams sort and manage candidates has also changed. How much does a candidate’s Read more

A Simple Hiring Process Is A Better Hiring Process

Through experience, research and the ever increasing availability of data – along with the ability to process it – hiring has become a bit of a science. With the right platform and a properly trained recruitment team, your likelihood of successful hires becomes infinitely greater. However, be wary of platform developers that attempt to dazzle you with highly complex software and processes. While your hiring process should always be well designed, the most effective results invariably come from those that are also simple and straightforward. Unnecessary and outdated functionality may make for an impressive feature list, but will disrupt the Read more